The Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother
Jesus exclaims, “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” from the cross. I wonder, as we come to the place where Mary meets Jesus on the way to His death, if she ever thought the same.
We don’t hear if she fought or if she struggled in the Bible. We only hear that she was there. Did she doubt, did she question, or did none of it matter, because she was going to be there for Jesus, even if the only thing she could do was to be present?
Many of us have had the experience of helping a sick friend, or maybe even walking the journey with a friend who is dying. As my cousin’s young son was dying of a rare, genetic disorder, there was nothing anyone could do. Yet, there were so many things that were done for them. Money was raised to pay medical bills and give memorable experiences. People came to visit and spend time in laughter, tears, and anger, sharing in the emotions that swirl around this time of waiting.
These are the times that we can do no more than Mary did. We can’t take away the pain, we can’t take away the consequences, but we can be present with a fierceness that won’t allow even death to stop us. We can be present and offer comfort with our love when there is nothing else we can give. Never underestimate the power in that offering.
If you’re just now jumping in, find the rest of the Stations of the Cross here.